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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 10-13

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected the Care of the Surgical Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Surgery, King Khaled University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammed Bawazeer
Department of Critical Care Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, PO Box 3354, Riyadh 11211
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sccj.sccj_48_20

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The World Health Organization has announced COVID-19 as a pandemic in late 2019. It spread around the world, and the first case in Saudi Arabia was discovered in February of 2020. All types of patients have been affected including the surgical patients. In this review, we describe how the care of the surgical patients affected by the pandemic. The types of the surgical patients during the pandemic are described. These patients could be non-COVID patients or COVID patients requiring surgery. We describe as well how we take care of these patients if they require a surgical intervention. This review is part of the collaborative initiatives of the Saudi critical care trials group.

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